Sunday, April 1, 2018

Lyre-leaf Sage (Salvia lyrata)

Lyreleaf sage, Wild Sage, Cancer-weed (Salvia lyrata), is a herbaceous perennial in the family Lamiaceae that is native to the United States, distributed from Connecticut west to Missouri, and in the south from Florida west to Texas.

It was described and named by Carl Linnaeus in 1753.

Typically found roadside and in open fields. Though it flowers almost whole year, profuse flowering is seen during April to June. Sometimes grown in gardens though it can quickly become weed. Native Americans used tea of whole plants for cough and cold. Common name Cancer-weed is due to misconception of the plant being used for cancer treatment.


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